Stanton said NADA plans to watch for upticks in COVID-19 cases in the weeks leading up to the show. The situation is being evaluated on a “day-by-day basis,” he said.
“We’re certainly keeping a close eye on it, and we’re prepared to make any adjustments necessary — again, with the safety of our attendees and participants at the front of our mind,” Stanton said.
The show’s kickoff event at Allegiant Stadium — home to the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team — is also still on, Stanton said.
Attendees and exhibitors are not required to be vaccinated, Stanton said. COVID-19 testing will be available on-site, but proof of a negative test is not required, according to the NADA Show’s health and safety requirements Web page.
Show organizers deliberated “considerably” on whether to require proof of vaccination, Stanton said.
“Our goal has always been to have a safe and successful show, and after careful analysis, we determined we could do just that without requiring proof of vaccination,” he said.
Participants can expect to wear masks because the state of Nevada currently mandates they be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. NADA plans to provide disposable masks in registration bags and at entrances to the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to the NADA Show website.
NADA spokesman Jared Allen told Automotive News the organization considered supplying N95 or KN95 masks or recommending participants wear their own higher-quality masks but opted against that measure.
On the website, NADA also said safety shields will be installed at registration desks, information counters and offices, with hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the convention center.